Overview

 
 
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Hidden Thoughts is a trademarked project by Dr Katy Abbott. The works in the series give voice to those who do not have one. See below for specific details about each work.

Hidden Thoughts 1 has just been announced as a finalist in one of Australia’s largest Composition prizes: the Paul Lowin Prize in the song-cycle category.

“Wow”. I listened to Hidden Thoughts podcast over two days while I travelled in to work on the train - such an amazing piece and an amazing experience to engage with. It was like listening to the collective unconscious, and I could resonate with so much of the text. Then as I traveled on the train, it started to feel like I was an actor in some arty film where I could hear the thoughts of everyone around me! And your beautiful writing brought it all alive in the most enchanting sound scape”. Grace, ABC Classic listener

 
The Song Company & Syzygy Ensemble at ABC Adelaide recording ‘Hidden Thoughts’. Also, composer Katy Abbott and director Thomas de Mallet Burgess. Image: Antony Pitts.

The Song Company & Syzygy Ensemble at ABC Adelaide recording ‘Hidden Thoughts’. Also, composer Katy Abbott and director Thomas de Mallet Burgess. Image: Antony Pitts.

Hidden Thoughts 1 (2017)

Instrumentation:

Soprano / Soprano / Alto / Tenor / Baritone / Bass voices

Flute/Alto Flute, Clarinet/Bass Clarinet, Piano, Percussion, Violin, Cello

Duration: 60 minutes

Text: using responses from women who were surveyed anonymously.

Recording and Podcast: ABC New Waves Podcast recorded by The Song Company and Syzygy Ensemble. Katy Abbott interviewed by Stephen Adams (ABC Classic).

Score available from Australian Music Centre

 
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Hidden Thoughts 2: Return To Sender (current work, 2020 completion)

Instrumentation:

Female Voice

Male Narrator

String Quartet

Performance details for 2020 TBA